Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Ebola spread 'unavoidable' in Europe due to extensive travel - WHO

Members of the German army, Bundeswehr, prepare
volunteers during a barrier nursing course for dealing
with infectious diseases at the Bernhard-Nocht-Institute
in Hamburg Ocotber 7, 2014. (Reuters / Fabian Bimmer)
RT | Oct 7, 2014

The spread of Ebola in Europe is "unavoidable", the World Health Organization said shortly after the contraction of four new cases was announced in Spain.

Such imported cases and similar events as have happened in Spain will happen also in the future, most likely,” the WHO European director Zsuzsanna Jakab told Reuters.

On Monday scientists predicted that there was a 75 percent chance that Ebola would reach France by the end October and a 50 percent chance for the UK.

The most dangerous contributor to the spread is the behavior of the virus. Its symptoms catch people unawares and normally follow a 21-day incubation period, during which there’s literally no visible sign the person has contracted Ebola.

This is further complicated by the EU’s free movement system – one can literally infect anyone they come into contact with in the space of a few days if they were to drive or fly from one country to another.

It is quite unavoidable ... that such incidents will happen in the future because of the extensive travel both from Europe to the affected countries and the other way around,” Jakab said.

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